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Authorial Intrusion - Joni Sensel

It’s an early Intrusion today!

(I’m in pre-party mode for my son’s birthday party this evening, and won’t have time to post later.)

Let’s get right to it!

Please welcome Joni Sensel, the eighth children’s book author gracious enough to answer random questions like, “Thai food or Chinese?”



Joni Sensel is the author of Reality Leak, a middle grade novel unlike anything you’ve ever read before. When the white-suited, dental-centric Mr. Keen arrives in South Wiggott by climbing out of a wooden crate, very strange things begin to happen. I don’t think I’m revealing any spoilers when I tell you that a few of those things include a flat wiener dog, letters that arrive via toaster, and a robot suit that walks by itself. Somehow, Joni makes it all work.

As well as two picture books already published, Joni’s upper MG - The Humming of Numbers – is scheduled for release in Spring, 2008, with a third book to follow in 2009. Here’s what Joni says about The Humming of Numbers: “The book takes place in early Christian Ireland, where a young monk who wants to become an illuminator struggles with an unusual gift -- the ability to hear auras in numerical terms. When he's thrown together with a budding witch, his assumptions about the divine and the diabolical shift. Aidan and Lana overcome their differences and pool their extraordinary talents to outwit Viking raiders and, of course, find love.”

Somehow, I believe Joni will make that work. :-)

Five things you would do with $100,000.
Ooh. Book trips to Botswana, Australia, Greece, France, Italy, and the U.K. and not come home for a year. (I'd take my laptop and write, though!) Oh wait, that's only one thing, and I don't need that much $$ to do it; I mostly travel on the cheap. So I'd also give a fat chunk of it to Doctors Without Borders (I have African interests and hate that the continent and its people's hardships are invisible in this country). And hire someone to paint my house, a chore I've been ignoring. Items 4 and 5 could be paint and brushes?

Furthest you've ever been from home.
New Zealand by mileage, Niger by culture. Niger might as well be on another planet.

Tell us something weird about you.
Oh boy, the list is so endless... I sometimes sleep sideways on my bed, just because.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Electric yellow.

Early bird or night owl?
Night owl. I get some of my best work done after midnight.

Your five favorite movies.
Shakespeare in Love
American Beauty
Spinal Tap (I have a "mine goes to 11" t-shirt, too. And it does.)
Last of the Mohicans (sappy, I know, but sexy)
Alien (Sigourney kicks butt)


Rain or sun?
Sun? What's sun? I live in the Seattle area! We get either rain or "Is that a UFO?" But I'm okay with that.

Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Stop thinking and write.

Any phobias?
Turning into a nearly-bald and feeble old lady who drives too slow. I hope to die in some exotic scuba accident, or blast into the air when nearby Mt. Rainier erupts, before I get there.

Do you use writing prompts?
Nah, I'd rather focus all my writing energy on my book projects.

Where would you like to travel that you haven't yet?
See question #1!

Chocolate chip cookies or snickerdoodles?
Chocolate chip cookies are my not-so-secret vice and the bane of my physique.

Write a spam subject line for us.
You've WON!!! Claim your Newberries today!

Thai food or Chinese?
Thai, no lemongrass. Three stars, please!


Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Joni!



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seaheidi
Oct. 7th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
that was great--thanks. =)
onegrapeshy
Oct. 7th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
LOL...I hear you with the "nearly bald and feeble old lady" bit. I already see it coming. YAY (not).

Fun interview!
dlgarfinkle
Oct. 7th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
I love these interviews!
sarah_prineas
Oct. 7th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Joni's first two books sound so great--and I want to hear more about the third one!!!
jennifer_d_g
Oct. 7th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Lisa, your interviews always bring out the fun in authors.

Joni sounds enjoyably kooky! ;)
kellyrfineman
Oct. 7th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
But, but . . . my favorite Thai chicken soup depends on lemongrass.

Great interview, Joni. That trip sounds spectacular -- here's hoping you get your $100k!
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